Joan Chittister writes, “Silence is the gift that throws us back on ourselves. Which is exactly why there are so many who cannot bear the thought of it. Without external distractions, we are left vulnerable to the voices within that demand that we come to grips with all the pieces of the self we have so carefully concealed. Beneath the smiles and frowns we use to protect ourselves from anyone who might get too close to the turmoil within us lies the noise of the soul that will not cease until we finally agree to hear it. It is the silent self that calls us to damp the noise that hounds us in the night that calls us to responsibility for the authenticity of the self.”
The voices within may be loud… but none are as loud as the noise of the soul. Until we come to reality about our internal self the drum will keep beating… or we will continue to find distractions that are loud enough to drown out the drum.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Jesus